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Heartbeat and Beyond (ePub)

Memoirs of 50 Years of Yorkshire Television

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By John Fairley, Graham Ironside
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 15.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 188
Illustrations: 120
ISBN: 9781473896710
Published: 2nd November 2017


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50 years of Yorkshire Television

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In 1968 a group of young people took over a derelict trouser factory in a rundown part of Leeds and set about producing programmes that were to define the British television world of the late 20th Century.

These included the investigative documentary series First Tuesday, Darling Buds of May, Whickers World, Dont Ask Me and Heartbeat.

At the same time they attracted, indeed often created, stars of international fame such as James Mason, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alan Whicker, David Jason, Magnus Pike and David Frost.

Fifty years on, their achievements and experiences, often dramatic and frequently absurd, make for fascinating behind-the-scenes reading. This book paints a colourful and entertaining picture of the making from virtually nothing of one of the greatest television channels of all times.

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This England, Summer 2018

This is a book with great flair and panache. It recalls the days when television was still the great new phenomenon, even though practically every home had one. It buzzes with the excitement these young journalists and writers must have felt as they grasped this new tool of communication and managed to produce some of the best television of the age, much of which still finds its way onto our screens today, to our great pleasure.

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On: Yorkshire magazine - reviewed by Sandra Callard

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Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

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The Yorkshire Press

Heartbeat and Beyond is full of stories of drama and comedy, both in front of and behind the camera.

Malton Gazette & Herald
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About John Fairley

John Fairley has written numerous books on equestrian art including The Art of the Horse, Racing in Art and Great Racehorses in Art. He was joint author of The Monocled Mutineer, which became a celebrated BBC television series.
A noted documentary and sports television producer, he was Director of Programmes at Yorkshire Television. Born in Liverpool, within sight of the Grand National course, he served as an RNVR officer aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Albion. A scholar of The Queen's College, Oxford, he is married, with three daughters, and lives in the Yorkshire racing town of Malton.

About Graham Ironside

From 1960, Graham Ironside trained as a newspaper journalist in his native Scotland for five years before moving to Grampian Television in Aberdeen, as a researcher and later News Editor.

He joined the brand-new ITV franchisee, Yorkshire Television, in 1968 as a founder-member of the News & Current Affairs Department. Initially, he was News Editor and became Editor of ‘Calendar’, the nightly news magazine, 1974.

He became Controller of Regional Programmes in 1982, and was appointed Director of Operations & Development in 1992, a post he held until June, 1995, when he set up his own company, as a training and management consultant.

Since then, he has worked extensively in Eastern Europe, South Africa and Palestine and, for 18 months, was Director of Broadcasting for a newly-established channel in Sri Lanka.

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